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October 18th, 2013

Escaped inmate captured

October 18, 2013

An escaped prisoner from Jim E. Hamilton Community Correction Center led law enforcement on a 9-hour manhunt Friday until he was captured.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, Mark Shane Bennett, 41, escaped from the Jim E. Hamilton Community Correction Center in Hodgen Friday morning. He was discovered missing at the 8 a.m. head count according to officials.
A search was conducted by members of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit, JEHCC CERT team, LeFlore County Sheriff's Department and other area law enforcement agencies.

Two people injured in rollover accident

October 18, 2013

A 25-year-old man and 18-month-old child were both injured Friday at about 1:15 p.m. in a rollover accident on U.S. Highway 271 in Pocola. The child was flown by a Life Flight medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital and the man was taken to a Fort Smith, Ark., hospital by LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services, according to emergency responders. Pocola Police Department is investigating the accident.

LeFlore County sheriff department assists in search for escaped inmate

October 18, 2013

According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, Mark Shane Bennett escaped from the Jim Hamilton Community Correctional Center.
A search for the missing prisoner is under way by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team.
The JEHCC-CERT team, the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department and other area law enforcement agencies are engaged in the search.

Balloon Fest is here!

October 18, 2013

Jeannine Jonas got this picture of a balloon this morning just as it landed near Poteau High School. Balloon Fest kicks off today. Gates open at noon at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds.

October 16th

Coopy White dies; tribute events planned

October 16, 2013

Several events planned this weekend to benefit a local business owner Coopy White were muted somewhat by news of his death Tuesday, but will go on as planned in tribute to his legacy, organizers said Wednesday.
White, 62, died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he had been since Oct 7. White was critically injured in a fall at his home two days earlier. Proceeds from the event will be used to help the family defray expenses.
He owned and operated Coopy’s Body Shop in Poteau for 23 years. Before that he owned Poteau Paint and Body shop at Pleasant Valley and Broadway.

October 15th

Coop-You and Barbecue benefit this weekend

October 15, 2013

A local business owner who has been fighting for his life since Oct. 5 will be the recipient of the proceeds of an upcoming benefit.

Panama names Homecoming Queen and King

October 15, 2013

Queen Courtney Boblett stands motionless while Dakota Fout places her crown upon her head during Friday night's Panama Football Homecoming ceremony.
PDN photo by Joe Milligan

Authorities say death accidental

October 15, 2013

What police are calling an accidental shooting has resulted in the death of a Milton woman.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, deputies responded to the call of a woman shot in the abdomen Sunday night. The location of the home where the shooting occurred and the victim's name have not been released, only that the 59-year-old woman lived in the Milton area in northwest LeFlore County.

October 11th

Yikes!

October 11, 2013

Kandace Standridge, 15, of Poteau, embraces her zombie side as she prepares for the Poteau Main Street Matters Zombie Run. Her makeup was applied by CASC student Jordan Riddles, 19 during the registration for the event tonight at the Pocket Park on Dewey. The transformation took about 20 minutes,according to Riddles. The run started at 6:30 p.m.

Chapter honors one of its own

October 11, 2013

Cmdr. Charlie Horsley of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63 was presented a plaque of achievement Tuesday by chapter members.
The award recognized Horsely's commitment in service to area veterans and the work that he has provided for the past five years.
Horsely also received an award for his devotion as an outstanding commander for the disabled veterans in county and chapter.
He received a standing ovation from chapter and auxiliary at the meeting.
Horsley gave a short speech, thanked everyone who was involved and teared up as he received his award.

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